Monday, January 14, 2008

Reminder - Dupont Circle/Kal Public Safety (PSA 208) Meeting


Dupont Public Safety Meeting/PSA 208 is Tuesday January 15th at 7pm at the 3rd District Metropolitan Police Dept Headquarters at 1620 V Street. (Held on the 3rd Tuesdays for Dupont and Kalorama-Sheridan issues and still in the 3D building even though our police work out of 2D.) Our community depends on good communications to and from our police. This is a roundtable meeting where we problem-solve. Bring an issue – no matter how minor. Or email me or our lieutenants to submit items for discussion –  Lieutenant Scott Dignan ( and Lieutenant Josiah Eaves (


Block Captains in Neighborhood Network 208 and residents will discuss with Lt. Dignan when to call in a situation BEFORE a crime is committed, and who to call directly at 2D to get police on the scene fast when dialing 311 is not appropriate.  Lt. Dignan will also want to hear from you, block by block, about the safety situation and police presence.  We will also announce a training date in mid-February with Samantha Nolan. We’re up to 33 Block Captains.


We’ll talk about some issues brought up at DCCA’s meeting where Chief Lanier, Asst. Chief Groomes, Commander Solberg, Captain Hill, Lt. Dignan, Sergeant Parson and Park Police Captain Neider spoke and took questions.



Rob Halligan

202 319 1313


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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Robberies and Chief Lanier


Please see the two below emails on violent robberies and on the MPD Chief coming to Dupont Monday night.


Robberies - Robberies are up in Dupont. See the below regarding 4 suspects and a pattern of incidents. Call 311 if you see the described saying you see suspects as described my the lieutenant.


From: Dignan, Scott (MPD) []
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 3:45 PM
To:; Rob Halligan; Jacobson, Jack N.
Cc: Lawrence, Michaelj (MPD); Mcdonald, John C.(MPD); Jeter, Bryant (MPD); Phillips, Donald (MPD)
Subject: Robberies


Gentlemen –


  • There were twenty four reported robberies in PSA 208 from December 1, 2007 thru December 30, 2007. 
  • Ten of the robberies occurred on Fridays and four on Saturdays.   
  • Twelve of the robberies occurred within the boundaries of 15th Street to 19th Street and P Street to S Street.
  • Eleven of the robberies involved between two and four suspects.
  • Fourteen of the robberies occurred between 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM.
  • At least for of these robberies have been committed by 4 black males in there teens.  These individuals have not been apprehended.
    1. Lookout for the suspects:
      1. S-1 black male, 17-19 yrs, thin build, medium to dark complexion, loose fitting jacket, royal blue in color, white tennis shoes, blue jeans, and a ROUND Face
      2. S-2 black male, 15-19 yrs, 5’9” – 6’0”, black jacket
      3. S-3 black male, dark jeans, late teens
      4. S-4 black male, all dark clothing

·        They are violent!!!

  • We have made arrests in the 4 robberies that had occurred in the 17th Streets area.  They were apprehended in PG County after MPDC pursued them.  We did receive information that linked them to these robberies.


What is PSA 208’s response?

  • Shift patrols to the south - west (Saturation).  Objective high visibility and increased citizen contact. Develop suspects. Assigned to Dignan
  • Release usable lookouts to the community (Force Multiplier) thru the Neighborhood Network. Assigned to Levine
  • Redirect Street Crimes Unit to the area (Proactive) during the times of these robberies. Assigned to Dignan
  • Ensure that all Full Stride and Patrol officers are aware of the patterns and lookouts via roll call and team meetings. Assigned to Lawrence/McDonald/Philips/Jeter


Let me know if you have any ideas or thoughts…



Scott P. Dignan

Lieutenant PSA 208

3320 Idaho Avenue, Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

Office: 202-715-7326

Fax:    202-715-7382



Chief Coming to Dupont – I’ll be moderating the DCCA meeting described below and will first call on those who have been active.


When:             Monday, January 7, 2008, 7:30 pm           


Speakers:       Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department

Captain Thomas Neider, Commander of the Central District, the United States Park Police, National Park Service


Where:           International Headquarters of the Order of the Eastern Star 1618 New Hampshire Ave, NW (corner of 18th Street)


On January 7, 2008, you have the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, two officials responsible for law enforcement in our community.  Issues of concern include the increase in crime in DC, the recent MPD reorganization, NPS strategy for maintaining and managing National Park properties in our neighborhood, and MPD-NPS coordination.  We are meeting at the International Headquarters of the Order of the Eastern Star where our hosts will be Betty and Bill Briggs, who have returned to Washington for a brief stay.


Chief Lanier officially assumed leadership of the MPD just over a year ago and was confirmed by the DC Council on April 3rd.  She has spent her entire law enforcement career with the MPD, beginning in 1990. Most of Chief Lanier’s career has been in uniformed patrol.  She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units and as Commander of the Special Operations Division, where she managed the Emergency Response Team, Aviation and Harbor Units, Horse Mounted and Canine Units, Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch, and Civil Disturbance Units.  In 2006, Chief Lanier was tapped to be the first Commanding Officer of the Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism.  Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


Captain Neider has been with the USPP for 16 years.  The Central District includes the National Mall and Memorials, Rock Creek Parkway, Dupont and Logan Circles, and all the National Park Reservations around the White House and Capitol.  Captain Neider’s previous assignments have included West District Commander, Watch Commander, GWMP Commander, and Shift Commander  He also has an extensive background in training and firearms.


The Order of the Eastern Star, with about 1 million members worldwide, is the largest fraternal organization to which both men and women may belong.  Eastern Star is a social order composed of people of deep spiritual convictions that is open to all faiths, except no faith.  Dr. Rob Morris, the Poet Laureate of Masonry, founded the Order in 1850, using biblical examples of heroic conduct and moral values. The General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, was organized in 1876 and, in 1935, purchased the former Perry Belmont Mansion as its International Headquarters. Built by Perry and Jessie Belmont between 1906 and 1909 for entertaining during the Washington party season and special events at the then-extravagant cost $1.5 million, the mansion was designed by Eugene Sanson, a French architect renowned for his use of light and space and beautiful staircases.  The Belmont’s used the house until 1925, when it was put on the market with the stipulation that it not be altered for 20 years.  It stood empty until 1935, when Mr. Belmont, a Mason, sold it to the General Grand Chapter for $100,000.  As part of the agreement, the Right Worthy Grand Secretary must live in the mansion.  Many furnishings—including Tiffany vases, oil paintings, Louis XIV and XV furniture, china, and oriental rugs—were included with the purchase and are still on display.  The chandeliers are gold gilt and hung with hand-carved rock crystal drops.  There are 11 fireplaces, most with hand-carved marble mantles. All the marble was brought from Italy, all the wood from Germany, and all the metal fixtures from France.




Rob Halligan

202 319 1313